Forest fan view: Daniel Taylor of The Athletic talks United v Nottingham Forest

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“Type in ‘a football lesson’ on YouTube. It wasn’t one of the great United sides, but even then, teams didn’t go there and do that. And it was a week before Christmas, that point where everyone’s looking at us and thinking: ‘Okay, they’ve had a brilliant start, but will they peter out?’

“A lot of United fans from that generation remember that game – I suppose they got their revenge in 1999 with the 8-1. As Ron Atkinson put it, ‘It’s always nice to be involved in a nine-goal thriller.’

“They have respect for Clough, but they do like the Liverpool thing. When Forest beat Liverpool earlier this season – and this sums it up – I’ve lived in Manchester 20-odd years, and I reckon I got more congratulatory messages from United fans than Forest, and obviously I’ve kept in touch with a lot of people from Nottingham.”

This extract is from the latest edition of Inside United, for January 2023. Purchase your copy here.

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